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Baking Pies in Disposable Pie Plates

Published July 1, 2012.

If one must bake a pie in a disposable pan, are there any tips to ensure success? 

Round or Oval Dutch Oven?

Published July 1, 2012.

Does an oval cast-iron Dutch oven cook as well as a round one?

Cleaning a Sticky Salad Bowl

Published July 1, 2012.

Here's how to clean a wooden salad bowl to good-as-new condition.

Deodorizing Cast Iron

Published July 1, 2012.

We discovered a better way to remove stinky fish oils from a cast-iron skillet.

Is Aluminum Cookware Safe?

Published January 1, 2012.

There are conflicting reports that cooking in aluminum pots and pans is risky because aluminum can leach into the food. Should aluminum cookware be avoided?

Muffin Pan Myth

Published January 1, 2012.

If you’re making a half batch of muffins or cupcakes and thus don’t fill all the cups in the pan with batter, many sources suggest filling the empty cups with water. Is this really necessary?

Plastic Wrap Safety

Published November 1, 2011.

Is it safe to place plastic wrap directly on the surface of still-warm, fatty foods such as puddings or pastry creams?

Keeping the Freshness in Fresh Chiles

Published May 1, 2011.

Fresh chiles have a relatively brief shelf life in the refrigerator. Is there any way to make them keep their crisp texture and fresh flavor longer?

Yes, You Can Freeze Garlic

Published March 1, 2011.

Fear-Free Way to Invert a Galette

Published March 1, 2011.

Getting the Best Zest

Published March 1, 2011.

Should you use a vegetable peeler, channel grater, or rasp-style grater when zesting citrus fruits?

Caramel in the Microwave

Published March 1, 2011.

Preparing the Pan

Published January 1, 2011.

The Ultimate Way to Season Cast Iron

Published January 1, 2011.

We'd seasoned our cast iron the same way for years. But when we heard about a new method that creates a slick surface so indestructible that touch-ups are almost never necessary, we were intrigued.

Storing Fresh Loose Carrots

Published January 1, 2011.

In tests, we’ve found carrots with green tops still attached have better flavor than those sold already trimmed. But what’s the best way to store them?

Sharpening Serrated Knives

Published January 1, 2011.

Our favorite manual and electric knife sharpeners restore hair-splitting sharpness to dull blades with just a few strokes, but until recently we’d never tested either manufacturer’s claim that the tools work equally well with serrated blades.

Grating Cheese Weight and Volume

Published January 1, 2011.

Follow these directions for grate size: It can dramatically impact the outcome of your recipe.

Microwaving with Plastic

Published January 1, 2011.

Does plastic wrap release harmful chemicals into food during microwaving?

Baking Perfect Cookies

Published January 1, 2011.

Troubleshooting: Cookies

Published January 1, 2011.

Supreme Processor

Published November 1, 2010.

Restaurant alums in the test kitchen have always raved about the Robot Coupe, so we decided to give the 12-cup version of this commercial-grade processor a whirl.

A Good Way to Store Cheese

Published November 1, 2010.

What's the best way to store cheese to keep it moist but prevent it from getting moldy?

Understanding BPA

Published November 1, 2010.

Can you give me some information about BPA, a compound in the lining of cans for tomatoes?

How to Knead Bread in a Food Processor

Published November 1, 2010.

Why break out the stand mixer when a food processor works just as well?

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